Getting Immediate Mental Health Care
If you find yourself in an emergency situation, for example, an individual believes s/he will harm her/himself or others, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
In a non-emergency situation, it is helpful to talk with a trained professional to sort out what is taking place and to suggest the best source for help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Primary care manager (PCM) – can refer TRICARE Prime beneficiaries to the most appropriate resource.
- Chaplain – a professional spiritual guide who understands first-hand the particular issues of soldier life. Many chaplains hold counseling degrees, provide couples and individual counseling, and are available at most military installations.
- Military OneSource – available at 1-800-342-9647, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Soldiers and family member can receive up to 12 counseling sessions without a referral.
- Real Warriors Campaign – features print materials and online resources, including stories of real service members who have sought treatment and maintained successful military or civilian careers.
Mental Health Care Benefits